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Recommended Citation: Himes, B and P A Joseph.  Information Warfare.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §3343. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(49). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Information Warfare

Refereed6 pages
Brandon Himes    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Slippery Rock University    [u1] [u2]
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Patricia A. Joseph    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania    [u1] [u2]
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Information warfare is the use of information as an instrument of war. Information warfare is a relatively new topic. The development of new technologies such as broadband Internet access, wireless networking, and the dependence of governments and businesses on the functionality of the Internet has been a catalyst for information warfare. Information warfare can take many forms. Some are purely destructive such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and the creation of viruses, but other methods of information warfare resemble normal use of the Internet such as organizing groups and disseminating information. Although information warfare is typically destructive and is mostly used for terrorism or crime, it can also be used as a powerful, constructive tool that empowers law enforcement and grassroots movements.

Keywords: leading edge technologies, networks, security

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